The Kent State Golden Flashes and No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers are ready to square off on the turf at Camp Randall Stadium. This pivotal afternoon game is scheduled to get going at 12:00 p.m. ET and fans can catch it live by tuning in to ESPNU.
Kent State at No. 8 Wisconsin Betting Odds 10/5/2019
Kent State is the noticeable underdog here and is currently getting 37 points from bookmakers. If the Badgers get down early it’ll generate a worthy betting opportunity in-game. The over/under has been set at 58 points.
This matchup’s betting odds have swayed some from when they were initially posted. The line opened at -36 and the game’s total was set originally at 57.5.
The Golden Flashes are 2-2 straight up (SU) while the Badgers are 4-0 SU. Each of these teams has been profitable this year as both the Badgers and the Golden Flashes are up exactly 2.0 units so far.
The Golden Flashes are coming off a resounding 62-20 win over Bowling Green on September 21. Dustin Crum completed 26-of-31 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Jo-el Shaw (109 rushing yards on 15 attempts, two TDs) and the signal-caller Crum (65 yards on nine carries) led the ground attack in the win. Mike Carrigan (six receptions, 94 yards, one TD) and Kavious Price (five catches, 64 yards, one TD) shared the receiving duties.
Wisconsin just earned a 24-15 win over Northwestern. The allowed the Wildcats to put up 158 yards through the air and 97 more on the ground. Drake Anderson was a bright spot in the loss, recording 68 rushing yards and a score on 16 attempts for Northwestern. For Wisconsin, Jack Coan completed 15-of-24 passes for 113 yards and one interception. Jonathan Taylor (119 yards on 26 rush attempts, one TD) led the ground game in the win while Garrett Groshek (four receptions, 31 yards) led the pass-catching attack.
Kent State has run the ball on 56.7 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Wisconsin has a rush percentage of 63 percent. The Golden Flashes have run for 183 yards/game and have four touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Badgers are totaling 231 rush yards per contest and have 15 total rushing TDs.
It appears that the Badgers ought to hold an advantage in terms of RB effectiveness. Their backfield has generated 5.2 yards per carry while the defense has allowed a YPC of 1.7 to opponents. The Golden Flashes have rushed for 4.7 yards per carry while allowing a YPC of 4.9 to opponents.
The Golden Flashes have averaged 219 yards through the air overall and have nine passing scores so far. The Badgers have produced 211 pass yards per outing and have five total pass TDs.
Defensively, Kent State has let opponents run for an average of 261 yards and pass for 210 yards per game. Wisconsin has been significantly better than that, giving up 44.5 yards per game on the ground and 147.8 to opposing teams in the air. The Badgers are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 1.84 to opposing QBs, while the Golden Flashes have given up a 6.75 ANY/A.
Coan has produced 677 yards, five TDs and one INT for Wisconsin. His adjusted net yards per pass attempt stands at 7.95 for the year and 4.26 across his last two outings. In the other locker room, Crum is up to 499 passing yards on the year. He’s connected on 46-of-62 attempts with four passing touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Crum has a pristine 8.03 ANY/A, including 9.25 over the last two games.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Betting Prediction
SU Winner – Wisconsin, ATS Winner – Kent State, O/U – Over
Team Betting Notes
Kent State has rushed for 5.3 yards per attempt over its last three outings and 5.8 over its last two.
Wisconsin has averaged 5.1 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 5.3 over its last two.
Wisconsin has lost three fumbles this season while Kent State has lost four.
The Golden Flashes offense has tallied three pass plays of 40 yards or more, while the Badgers have put up one such play.
The Kent State defense has allowed five pass plays of 40 yards or more, while Wisconsin has given up one such play.
The Kent State offense has created 10 rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Wisconsin has created nine such runs.
The Golden Flashes defense has allowed six rushing plays of 20+ yards, while the Badgers have given up two such runs.
The Wisconsin defensive unit has sacked opposing quarterbacks 12 times this season. Kent State has produced 11 sacks.